“I am an amazing person.” It was one of the most striking things that author, app-developer and entrepreneur Vaughn Dabney said to me during our conversation. It was assured, confident, and rolled off the tongue. Not in any way arrogant, but inspiring for someone that so often is her own worst critic. I wanted to repeat it. I wanted to remind myself. Filled with many more gems during our talk, I appreciated his candidness, his sense of adventure, and his simple yet targeted approach to releasing his first book, “Finding One.”
The best way to understand great storytelling is to think about the stories that have intrigued you over the years. What stuck out to you? What is it about the stories that you enjoy? Compiling my own notes and with some research, here are a few things that stick out to me about creating compelling stories.
Last year, I connected with Leah Grey about writing a guest post for WriteLaughDream.com. Grey, the wife of a recovering addict, wrote an amazing post entitled “How Not to Give Up on Your Marriage.” Still, a post that is shared and read often to this day, Grey has a powerful message of healing, redemption, and family in regard to addiction and recovery. It’s her ministry and has undoubtedly impacted the lives of so many across the country.
In a Forbes article from 2013, it was estimated that somewhere between 600,000 to one million books are published each year. Each year. When you decide to pour your heart and soul into a book, it does not mean that anyone will care. Unfortunately. That’s not to discourage you, it’s to first just help you to be realistic. Now with that out of the way, I want to get you to truly realize that building your concept is hella important.
I looked up the job of a publishing company and realized that their job is every single thing that I’ve done for myself for the release of my first two books. On a much larger and efficient scale of course but stay with me. Being an independent author is no easy feat. It can seem like a glamorous thing to release a book, but the reality is that it takes a lot of work if people will ever know that it exists.